When I think back to my childhood, I can think of many things I wanted to change. Here's 6 things I would change:
#1 Job happiness
Growing up, I saw my parents struggle with jobs they didn't enjoy, such as coal mining, truck driving, and waiting tables, in order to support us.
Though I admired their hard work to make ends meet, I never wanted to experience the same lack of fulfillment. I wanted a job that was both challenging and rewarding.
#2 Financial literacy
I never heard anyone speak of money in a favorable way during my childhood. There was always a sense of lack, and my father's gambling addiction further complicated the financial decisions being made.
There was never a consideration for the future.
#3 Becoming my own boss
I had difficulty submitting to authority without substantial evidence that you were living the life. However, I was open to being coached if I thought you were knowledgeable.
I was always aware that I was likely to eventually pursue my own path in life, and that happened when I was 20.
#4 Never missing events & games
My dad especially missed almost all of my games because he was working, and my mom had a hard time getting there a lot too due to their struggles to make ends meet. I didn't want this to be an issue for me.
#5 Double parent home
When I was 11, my parents' separation was a difficult experience for me, as it is for all children in similar situations. I wanted to take every measure to ensure that I would not replicate this cycle in my own life.
Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence that is often in the best interest of the parents, but can be difficult for the children.
#6 Consistent father figure
I wanted my kids to be aware that they could rely on me to instruct and back them up. I wanted them to understand that I am here to demonstrate to them what can be accomplished in life.
SO WHAT'S MY WHY?
I want to help change future generations of Gregorys for the better. I'm determined to make that happen with the accomplishments and decisions I make in this life.
I want my grandchildren to look back on me fondly and proudly say, "Grandpa was a G!"
This is what motivates me.